Highlights: Inspire 101 – Day 1

A picture speaks a thousand words, we thought we would let the pictures do the talking on our latest blogpost. We’ve got loads of them to share with you courtesy of the talented duo at FO Photography

Lewis Malka of Joseph Sterling, Jemma Watts of Jemma Watts Photography & Cheryl Laidlaw

Delegates at the workshop

Delegates at the Workshop

Alexandra Burns of FYEO Portraits with Pippa Ward of Wedding Ideas Magazine

Paul Gardiner & Abagail Gardinerof Mantis Collection 

The Inspire101 Wedding and Special Events workshop is an idea I conceived about 5 years ago after attending such similar training workshops and conferences in the USA. So I feel like I have finally “giving birth” and what a wonderful, enlightening, intense and beautiful time it has been.

So with so much pride like a mother showing off her new born baby I will be covering the highlights of each day of the 3 days workshop, starting with Day 1: The Business of Weddings.

Each day started off with my capable husband the Master of Ceremonies at the workshop (who I introduced to you last month in this blog post Inspire101 presents Shegun Olusanya) welcoming the delegates and speakers with motivational sessions that put everyone in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.

Shegun Olusanya getting us all in the right frame of mind

Delegates at the workshop

Starting a new business can be an exciting but challenging time and we wanted to ensure our delegates get the opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience that our experts speakers had.

I started by sharing my personal experience on how I got started in the business, how I created a service tailored to meet the needs of my target clientele and how I have to often time reign in on my creative urges to consider the economic impacts of every decision we make at Cedar Events. The last piece of advice I gave to delegates was to JUST DO IT!!!

If you have the passion for something and you are good at it you have to just go for it. Ten years ago I realized this and as they say ‘the rest is history’.

We were then treated to a show around of the exquisite Jumeirah Carlton Hotel. The atmosphere, service and decor of this hotel alone was enough to make us all, from delegates to speakers and the Cedar Events team feel as though we were indeed royalty. Let’s not talk about the culinary skills of the chefs, we’ll leave the pictures to do the talking!

Food glorious food!

Our focus on Day One was on laying a solid foundation for a successful business.

The Queen of cakes, Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Suby Onabanjo creative director of FAB Magazine gave an insightful session on PR – getting your brand noticed.

Suby Onabanjo of FAB Magazine

Patricia Ogunfeibo Managing Lawyer at Employee Lawyers Limited delivered sessions on Keeping it legal! & funding your creative business

Patricia Ogunfeibo Managing Lawyer at Employee Lawyers Limited

Day 1 ended on a high note at Harrods with the Champagne & Canapés reception hosted by Cedar Events. Present at this exciting night of celebration of the inaugural Inspire101 workshop were delegates, VIP team of speakers other wedding industry professionals, brides and grooms, bloggers and a host of wedding, lifestyle and fashion publications including Perfect Weddings, New African Woman and OK! Nigeria.  As guests began to float in looking uber chic, they were offered champagne and canapés whilst being serenaded by the smooth sounds of Wale Great, talented saxophonist

While guests were taking pictures, chatting and drinking they were given a treat in the form of Soprana Bella. Soprano Bella singer’s Katrina and Johnny fit in perfectly disguised as waiters. After making a minor scene involving canapés on the floor they apologized profusely before bursting into song and dance to the pleasant surprise of our guests. Before we all knew it we were clapping, waving our hands and dancing along to their Abba medley and Soul Man. This was definitely the highlight of the night.

Soprano Bella

I knew I couldn’t top Soprano Bella, however I still gave my speech in my Kosibah dress (OMG) giving some insight into why we were all gathered that night and thanking everyone who had given up their time on a Friday night to come and celebrate, network and see just a glimpse of what Cedar Events is able to put together and make happen. Guests left with goodie bags filled with goodies from Hampers4you, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, a copy of New African Woman, Fab Afriq and a host of business cards and information from professional within the wedding industry.

All in all the first night was a huge success and we are grateful to everyone who helped to make it happen from the great team at Harrods to Soprano Bella who left people talking about their performance for days after.

Lastly join me in applauding the fantastic images taken by FO Photography and look out for a future feature on the FOphotography dynamic duo Funmi and Adrian!

This is just day one guys, stay tuned as we will be unravelling the following two days 🙂

As they say a picture speaks a thousand words, here are some more images of from the Champagne Reception at Harrods.

Lewis Malka of Joseph Sterling & Cheryl Laidlaw

Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah & Craig Solomon of White Canvass Events

Regina  Jere Malanda, Editor of New African Woman

Buki Akinsanya of Becks Buki

Lucy Davenport of Lucy Davenport Photography, Sinclair of Maids To Measure & Anna MacDougall of Bride & Glory 

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1 Response to Highlights: Inspire 101 – Day 1

  1. Pingback: Inspire101 | Cuisine at Jumeirah Carlton Tower & Harrods, London - FO Photography

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